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August 2008: Archaeologists at the site of a mass grave containing the bodies of Australian and British troops killed at Fromelles during the first world war  Martin Argles/The Guardian

August 2008: Archaeologists at the site of a mass grave containing the bodies of Australian and British troops killed at Fromelles during the first world war Martin Argles/The Guardian

Australian troops string out behind tanks in a practice advance over North African sands, on January 3, 1941. The supporting infantry is spread out thinly as a precaution against air raids. (AP Photo)  Australian troops fighting with the British 8th Army made heroic contributions to Allied campaigns against the Germans especially in North Africa and Italy. According to the official Australian history of World War Two, 9,572 Australians were killed in action fighting against Nazi Germany.

Australian troops string out behind tanks in a practice advance over North African sands, on January 3, 1941. The supporting infantry is spread out thinly as a precaution against air raids. (AP Photo) Australian troops fighting with the British 8th Army made heroic contributions to Allied campaigns against the Germans especially in North Africa and Italy. According to the official Australian history of World War Two, 9,572 Australians were killed in action fighting against Nazi Germany.

Lot 11588-12: Activities in the Middle East. Australians in Syria. The Emir Abdulla of Transjordan, riding in an Australian Bren Gun carrier at a review of Australian troops near Jericho. Office of War Information Photograph.

Lot 11588-12: Activities in the Middle East. Australians in Syria. The Emir Abdulla of Transjordan, riding in an Australian Bren Gun carrier at a review of Australian troops near Jericho. Office of War Information Photograph.

#‎OnThisDay‬ in 1941 the Siege of Tobruk began. For eight months Australian and British soldiers – with Indian, Polish, and Czech troops – held Tobruk against besieging German and Italian forces. Total losses for the 9th Division AIF amounted to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners. ‪#‎LestWeForget‬ Image and information via Australian War Memorial

#‎OnThisDay‬ in 1941 the Siege of Tobruk began. For eight months Australian and British soldiers – with Indian, Polish, and Czech troops – held Tobruk against besieging German and Italian forces. Total losses for the 9th Division AIF amounted to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners. ‪#‎LestWeForget‬ Image and information via Australian War Memorial

A Group of Australians near their billets, somewhere in New Guinea. Photo: 012709 | Australian War Memorial

A Group of Australians near their billets, somewhere in New Guinea. Photo: 012709 | Australian War Memorial

One of the thousands of graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers at the Tyne Cot cemetary in Belgium.

One of the thousands of graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers at the Tyne Cot cemetary in Belgium.

Massed German prisoners of war at a clearing station after the successful Allied offensive near Amiens in Northern France, which began on 8 August 1918. General Ludendorff described it as “The Black Day of the German Army”.

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

Massed German prisoners of war at a clearing station after the successful Allied offensive near Amiens in Northern France, which began on 8 August 1918. General Ludendorff described it as “The Black Day of the German Army”.

Australian officers, blown into the air by an accidental explosion, fall in the river amid the splinters of their wrecked boat. 1942.

Australian officers, blown into the air by an accidental explosion, fall in the river amid the splinters of their wrecked boat. 1942.

P00406.028 | Australian War Memorial  Burma-Thailand Railway. c. 1943. Australian prisoners of war (POWs) laying railway track. (Donor A. Seary)

P00406.028 | Australian War Memorial Burma-Thailand Railway. c. 1943. Australian prisoners of war (POWs) laying railway track. (Donor A. Seary)

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